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Embarrased Chimp
I really shouldn't be spending my time this way...



  1. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up:
    • Diagram of the theobromine molecule.
    • Photo of the Columbia Glacier, taken by spouse (hereinafter "The Ritual Artist") during honeymoon.
    • Faux-photo from Star Trek: The Experience showing me standing with the cast of Deep Space Nine.
    • Second draft of a 8,900-word fantasy-horror story, with corrections scribbled all over it.
    • Visual diagram (about 15" high by 60" long) showing the History of the American Political Parties, 1789-2005.
  2. How do you style your hair?
    Brushed straight back, like Trotsky.
  3. What are you wearing now?
    Very thick wool sweater, blue, beige and turquoise pattern.
  4. What’s your occupation?
    College professor; wannabe fiction writer.
  5. The best thing to happen to you as of late?
    Judged the Greater New England Regional Mock Trial Competition yesterday. Fun.
  6. What is one word you would use to describe yourself?
  7. What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
    At this instant, it's Doctor Who. But I slide in and out of fandom obsessions.
  8. What was the last thing you ate today?
    Whole wheat (light) English muffin with neufchatel and raspberry jam, blood orange slices and a cup of tea.  (Actually that was breakfast, but it's taken me a while to complete this meme.)
  9. What was the last text message you received?
    Message from my daughter (herinafter "The Artist Formerly Known As") telling me that she'd learned to text-message.
  10. What websites do you always visit when you go online?
    Live Journal; Duotrope.
  11. What was the last thing you bought?
    Birthday present for The Ritual Artist. Not telling what it was
  12. What are you listening to right now?
    A windstorm outside my window.
  13. What do you think about before you go to bed at night?
    Before I go to bed? Mm, the nightly shut-down checklist: dishwasher, doors, lights, bags for the morning, etc.
  14. What was the last cd you bought?
    Mm, probably the sound track to Prisoner of Azkaban as an Xmas gift for The Artist Formerly Known As.
  15. What is your favourite weather, and why?
    The mid-May sunshine, while blossoms are still on the air, of the first day of my vacation after Commencement. I take off my shoes and walk down to the beach.
  16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
    Guitar. (I did try…)
  17. How are you?
    Well enough, thank you.
  18. What's something you'd like to say to someone right now?
    Aw, c'mon, take a chance on that story! Please! Pleeeeeeeeeze….
  19. What's one of your favourite movies?
  20. What's your dream job?
    Full-time fiction writer (I think…)
  • Brushed straight back, like Trotsky. LOL..yes kind of. But a much nicer looking Trotsky.

    I like the new name for your girl. I hope she turns to writing.

    I have off today. It was for a day spring break of last year. I will have one furlough day in March...and that will be it. (I hope).

    • Thanks, Rachel. The Artist Formerly Known As may turn out to be a writer (I think she'd like to), but her math is really good, so I'm hoping she'll be inclined for the sciences.
  • I love Dr. Who. Wish there were more episodes to watch!!! I'll miss David Tennant...
    • Hi Shelly. The one constant about Doctor Who is that there will always be new episodes to watch. (And I think you must be limiting yourself to the new series in your comment. I'm willing to bet that you haven't seen all 25 years' worth of episodes from William Hartnell to Silvan McCoy...) ;)

      I liked Eccleston better than Tenant, myself. More angsty.
  • Faux-photo from Star Trek: The Experience - you fanboy, you!

    (It's probably like the one I've got ...)

    You're into Dr. Who now? Interesting. While I quite enjoyed the show when I was a lad I just can't get into the the latest series; I just don't 'respect' the plots, which amble around all over the place and have no real rigid structure or 'science' to them, as far as I can see (granted, time travel's a tough science-fiction topic, but they don't really try to get it right IMO). It seems to me that a lot of the fandom momentum is comprised of fangirls squeeing over Tennant's charisma, which I wish I hadn't noticed through my LJ friends list, because now every time I watch a new episode all I can see is his posturing and over-the-top mannerisms layered over a flimsy plot.

    BRING BACK JON PERTWEE, is what I say! (If only we could.) Dr. Who is like James Bond, you never forget your first.

    I'm laughing at the titles - "The Ritual Artist" & "The Artist Formerly Known As" - but I don't quite know why?
    • Hi, Brad! The Ritual Artist is called that because, well, that's what she does. The Artist Formerly Known As recently declared that she changed her name, and for a while I was referring to her as "The Artist Formerly Known As [given name]."

      Pertwee was the first Doctor I saw, back in the early seventies when I was visiting my aunt in Alaska. (You couldn't get Doctor Who in the U.S. for a lot of years, but in Anchorage they got the occasional Canadian broadcast.) Then I caught one or two Tom Baker episodes in 1981, and started watching a bit more seriously when I was in law school in 1983, because a local station was airing the Peter Davidson episodes on a daily basis. I managed to see the 2-3, 3-4, 4-5 and 5-6 regenerations just by being diligent about the broadcast schedule in Detroit during the mid-eighties. So I'm actually a long-time fan of the Doctor, but when I say "at this instant," I mean that it's occupying more attention than any other fandom right now...

      Pertwee never did much for me. Of all ten Doctors (including McGann), I think Eccleston is my favorite -- because he played him so angry and haunted while still managing to retain the sort of bug-eyed humor that Tom Baker did so well. Frankly there was never much science in Doctor Who, and I can't really see less linearity in "The Empty Child" than in "Logopolis."
      • I guess I'm showing that I'm not much of a Dr. Who fan when I ask "what episode/story was 'Logopolis'?".

        Pertwee was basically my first Doctor, too; we only had the one television station where I grew up in the bush and they showed Dr. Who continuously. I guess my memories are coloured with nostalgia and childish oblivion, but my memories of Doctor #3 are tinged with the feeling that he was more of a 'technocrat', using technology and pseudo-scientific buzz-words that appealed to me as a young lad. The simplistic precursor to Trek's technobabble. :-)

        I suspect if I went back and actually reviewed/measured the episodes of #3 and compared them with other incarnations you'd be proven correct. It's probably just a case of young!Brad's memories being less critical than older!Brad's.

        And Sarah Jane was my favourite companion, too. :-)

        Still, I always liked the episodes where the Doctor *thought*, or used some scientific gimmick. What was the one where #3 explored a city of the Daleks, various traps to get through? And 'Pyramids of Mars' always appealed for several plot points; the nifty little logic puzzle, and then Doctor #4's solution to getting rid of Sutek (I'm sure I've spelt the villain's name wrong), actually *using* the TARDIS for something more than just a vehicle to get to the location of this month's story.

        I tuned out somewhere in the middle of #5's run and only caught successive episodes sporadically until the recent series with Eccleston, so I missed the entire 'time war' arc and what I gather is the tragedy of Who being the last time lord. That's why Eccleston's anger and guilt totally passed me by at the time. There's been mention of that 'last of his kind' point in some of the Tennant episodes so I can better appreciate your observation now.
  • *grins* This reminds me that I've been meaning to get in touch with The Ritual Artist, but that I keep forgetting. Oops? When's her birthday?

    And who do you want to say "Aw, c'mon, take a chance on that story! Please! Pleeeeeeeeeze…." to?

    20 - it's amazing how dream jobs (or studies, in my case) can turn around and bite. Hope that won't be your experience. :-)
    • Thanks fo asking, Berte. Her birthday's tomorrow. ;)

      The "Aw, c'mon" is addressed to fourteen or fifteen different fiction editors at various magazines.

      I don't think there's much chance of my getting the dream job; can't afford it.
      • Hey - that's the same day as my mum! And I see that you guys are another Aquarius/Pisces couple then. Yay! :-) Give her my best wishes, will you?
  • Hi

    Remember that icon I gave you? The one with a crescent and star on it?

    I was browsing around and wound up on a Russian site. (Don't ask me how) Anyway, I found the animated version of it. If you want, you can have it. Just credit magic_avatars I think it looks great.

    Let me know if you want it, because I'll be deleting it after a while.
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